I realize I'm totally late to the party on this one, but I've wanted to talk about Star Trek: Into Darkness
for a while now, and haven't really been able to articulate why the movie fell so flat for me. I thought I'd just throw this out there and invite commentary, if anyone's interested. I won't touch on a lot of the stuff I've seen covered in people's meta and reviews of the film so far, since I think a lot of really intelligent things have been said (particularly regarding the treatment of women in the film, the recycling of scenes from The Wrath of Khan
, and the whitewashing of Khan), but I wanted to talk about why thematically the film didn't work for me (and the few ways in which it did), and I haven't seen that done yet. Though, very likely, it has been done somewhere, and much better than I'm about to. Some spoilers for TOS, particularly The Wrath of Khan
Basically, I think the film deals with three main themes: (1) hubris and the nature of command, which is examined through Kirk and Admiral Marcus, (2) cycles of violence and revenge, which is invoked through Khan, and, subsequently, Admiral Marcus, Kirk and Spock, and (3) love, which is in a sense a subset of theme two, since it is what fundamentally drives the desire for revenge and the unleashing of violence in the film. I think a big part of what bothers me about this film is that two of these three themes aren't actually resolved. However, the theme of love gets a lovely, slashy climax, and the fact that this film seems utterly dedicated to making Kirk and Spock seem as devoted to one another as possible in the time honoured tradition of Star Trek is it's biggest redeeming feature to me. ( Cut for LengthCollapse )
Not sure if there'll be any interest in this, but I was bored. I skipped the ones that weren't in English, and the instrumentals (obviously).Step 1. Put your playlist on random.
Step 2. Post the first line from the first 25 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing.
Step 3. Strike out the songs when someone guesses correctly. NO GOOGLING.
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- Defeat does not come because the other side is better and stronger than you. Defeat happens when you despair.
- Never, ever try and cross the Misty Mountains. Something bad will happen. Always.
- The greatest sort of courage is to be found in ordinary, good people.
- If anyone suggests making magic jewellery, say no. It always ends badly.
- Give back to the world in equal proportion to what you take from it.
- When facing down the Nazgul, it is good policy to have a lady in drag with you.
- There is an end to every darkness, and there are places that no darkness can touch, that will still be there once it has past.
- Value good cheer, good food and songs over riches, for they will make you wealthier by far.
- One does not simply walk into Mordor. You have to book with Smeagol’s Precious Vacations first.
- Do not fight wars for the glory of battle. Fight them for the things you defend.
- It’s probably best not to swear any oaths of vengeance. Even if your father asks you to.
- Have the courage to treat people with compassion and mercy.
- Do not give up on your friends – no matter how desperate the situation.
- Poetry is a perfectly acceptable way to deliver relevant facts about a location or quest.
- Balrogs have wings.
- Balrogs don’t have wings.
- The world is outside. But once you have gone out, you can never truly come back in again.
- If you destroy something to understand it, you have not understood it at all.
- If you need shit done, hire a Hobbit.
- All you can do is decide what to do with the time that is given to you. So decide well.
: A Few Minor DetailsRating
: Galadriel, Elrond, Celebrían, Elladan, Elrohir, ArwenWarnings
: Crack, mother-in-law!GaladrielSummary
: Galadriel sends a few notes to her daughter's family prior to their visit.Notes
: So, I was thinking about how Galadriel is Elrond's mother in law... This throws canon out the window. ( A Few Minor DetailsCollapse )